God Uses Israel To Authenticate The Bible

Follow Bible prophecy and the history of Israel and it will prove there is a God and it will authenticate the accuracy of the Bible. The Bible will provide a description and the character of God. We then can learn what He expects from man and what man can expect from God. We can be guaranteed, through prophecy, that what He promises will be fulfilled. We can also understand His love, mercy and grace. The result should be a life with a trust in God who provides faith, love, joy and peace in one’s soul.

Twice Israel was destroyed as a nation. In 586 the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar totally destroyed the nation, Jerusalem and the temple. After 70 years they returned to rebuild Jerusalem and the temple. Some 650 years later in 70 AD the Romans totally destroyed Israel, Jerusalem and the temple. They were no longer a nation for 1,878 years. The Old Testament prophets predicted that the nation would again take place in the future, thus proving that God kept His word. There is no other nation that was once totally destroyed and its people dispersed throughout the world and survived. Israel was driven out and twice destroyed. The Hebrew language was almost extinct. Today, the Israelis speak Hebrew their original language. One promise of many promises that is still to be fulfilled is the rebuilding of the Temple on the Temple Mount. What obstacles must occur to remove and replace the Muslim’s “Rock of the Dome” located on the Temple Mount since 689 AD? Devastation of its enemies as prophesied in Scripture. It will be another proof of the Bible’s accuracy when it happens.

Beginning in 1880 Jews very slowing started coming back to Israel. Jews coming from Russia trickled in at first. Then came World War I and in 1917 many more Jews returned. After World War II and the Nazi Holocaust hundreds of thousands of Jews fled to Israel. Then came May 1948 and Israeli people were attacked by surrounding nations. The war ended with Israel’s independence. For the next 19 years there was continual fighting. Then came the six day war of 1967 and Jerusalem was united with Israel. There has been continual skirmishes ever since. The problem has been over Jerusalem and the Temple Mount. At one time 1/6 of Jerusalem included the Temple. The Bible states that the War of Armageddon will be in part over the possession of Jerusalem. God is in the process of fulfilling His promise as He has always done.

If God breaks any one of His covenant promises to Abraham and the prophets, His enemies would use that to state the Bible is meaningless and God cannot be trusted. What if Israel was attacked, defeated and completely destroyed? How much credence would you place in the Bible? God has used the Jewish nation and history to prove that He is Who He says He is. Eliminate God’s relationship with Israel from Abraham until today, and you might as well throw out the Bible. If God allowed Israel to be destroyed our faith and trust in God and the Bible is shattered.

Satan has always tried to destroy Israel throughout history. Throughout the Bible, rulers and nations have tried to eradicate the nation. Our reasoning is if you destroy Israel you will destroy any link to God. Many believe that at certain times God has relinquished His protection and allowed Satan’s attacks to discipline His people because of their rejection of God’s authority. We see when they were deep in sin, it’s like God said if you want to live like the devil then go ahead. When they had enough and things seemed hopeless, they would repent, begin worshiping God and He would be their God again. This was because of His promise to Abraham and it shows He always keeps His promises.

We read in Genesis 12:3 – “I will bless those who bless you and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” If we are to take the Bible literally that would mean God has an obligation, in order to keep His promise, to curse anyone who curses Israel. Is Scripture implying cursing and blessing individuals or would this apply to nations only? We can present facts that throughout history those nations who attacked Israel were retaliated against. Therefore, should we not be concerned when our government is not supportive of Israel? At this time the U.S. has failed to support Israel in the latest test of their blockade and our administration continues to require them to give up covenant land. How does God fulfill His promise to curse if He said He would? Let us consider the following:

According to John P. McTernan’s book, “As America has done to Israel.” It seems like anytime our presidents required Israel to give up their covenant land to the Palestinians we have had severe natural disasters; such as, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes and floods. President Reagan was a strong supporter of Israel. During his presidency it seems we had times when we were blessed. Let me start with President George H. W. Bush. On October 30, 1991 speaking at the Madrid Peace Process, he was the first president and he made it very clear that Israel was required to surrender parts of the covenant land for peace. On the same day, October 30 a ferocious storm smashed into New England. It was called “The Perfect Storm”. You may have read the book or seen the movie. It created ocean waves of over 100 feet among the highest ever recorded. President George H. W Bush owns a home on the East Coast at Kennebunkport, Maine that was heavily damaged. Eyewitnesses said that waves as high as thirty feet rose from the ocean and smashed

into the President’s seaside home. What timing! An extremely rare and powerful storm went one thousand miles in the wrong direction on the day he was speaking. Similar unusual conditions have occurred under each of our presidents since then as each have required Israel to give up their land.

On January 16, President Clinton met with Syria’s dictator. Syria agreed to peace with Israel if Israel would give up the Golan Height’s covenant land. The next day was a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked the Los Angeles area. It caused 25 billion in damages. On March 1, 1997 Yasser Arafat arrived in Washington D.C. Clinton welcomed Arafat and rebuked Israel. On the same day powerful tornadoes devastated sections of the nation.

On September 24, 1998 Clinton met with Arafat and Netanyahu to discuss peace plans. Clinton wanted Israel to surrender an additional 13 percent of its land. On that same day Hurricane Georges was headed toward the Gulf of Mexico. Headlines read: “Killer storm zeros in on Key West”. On September 27, Sec. of State Albright met with Arafat to arrange for Israel to surrender that 13% of land. On that same day Hurricane Georges slammed into the Gulf Coast with 110 mile winds with gusts to 175. It caused severe flooding. On September 28 Arafat left the U.S. and Hurricane Georges dissipated.

August 9, 2001 President George Bush demanded that Israel abide by the Madrid Peace Process and give back east Jerusalem, the Golan Heights and end all settlements in the West Bank, covenant land. Israel had agreed to withdraw from the West Bank and East Jerusalem. Thirty-two days later was September 11, 2001 when the twin towers were attacked.

Previously President Bush and Prime Minister Sharon agreed that they would give up the Gaza Strip. Jewish settlers were removed August 23, 2005. As the Jews were leaving a tropical storm named Katrina became a category-one hurricane. By August 29 there was a category-five hurricane headed toward New Orleans. (The author ties an entire book to whenever our presidents demanded Israel to cede covenant land natural disasters occurred on the same day or within days.)

Most people would be skeptical that any of these events would have anything to do with our presidents’ demand for Israel to give up covenant land. The only reason I have used these illustrations is due to Genesis 12:3 and Zechariah 12:9 & 10. If God promises to curse those who curse Israel or retaliate against anyone who attacks Israel, what would God do to keep His promises? Would He cause a financial meltdown and an extreme recession or natural disasters?

I am concerned with the way the Obama administration has been treating Israel. On March 23, 2010 President Obama gave a very cool reception at the White House to Prime Minister Netanyahu. On April 20th an explosion occurred aboard a drilling rig 40 miles off the coast of Louisiana killing eleven people and millions of barrels of oil continue to spurt out of the ocean floor. Does a disaster have to occur on the exact day? If disasters are occurring as a result of our relationship with Israel, I wondered if President Obama made peace with Israel if we could get the oil flow to stop and other disasters. Recently, his relationship with Prime Minister Netanyahu seems to have improved and the flow of oil has stopped. Is all of this just a coincidence? It doesn’t seem to be when you see the results of Presidents George Bush and Clinton’s demands for the Israelis to cede covenant land and the natural disasters that followed.

Most nations of the world do not recognize God’s covenant with Israel. Some believe the Jews did have a covenant but it is no longer valid. Some Christians believe that Christ came to make the first covenant obsolete. I do not believe it was the land covenant but the law covenant. Jeremiah 32:40 – “I will make an everlasting covenant with them: I will never stop doing good to them, and I will inspire them to fear me, so that they will never turn away from me. Ezekiel 16:60 – “Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you in the days of your youth, and I will establish an everlasting covenant with you. Isn’t God continuing to use the birth of Israel in 1948 to show that His Word is true? The Islamic religion does not believe the covenant was made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. They believe it was made with Abraham and Ishmael. Whereas, the Christian Bible believes it was not with Ishmael but Isaac. (Genesis 17:19 – 21) – Therefore, they believe that what Allah promised was to Ishmael and it is their covenant land. However, the Palestinians are descendants of Esau, Isaac’s brother.

Muslins controlled Palestine for most of the time since 638 A.D. yet could not prevent the restoration of Israel. For Muslins to recognize the nation of Israel would be an admission that their beliefs are wrong. Yet, our government believes that they can obtain a peaceful co-existence between the two. The rebirth of Israel shows the authority of the Bible as the Word of God and proof that the Koran and Mohammed are incorrect. It is not possible for the Muslins to ever accept Israel as a nation. It would be an admission that what they believed was wrong and what Israel believed was correct. Yet, our different administrations don’t seem to get it.

The 36th Chapter of Ezekiel makes it very clear that the property belongs to Israel. However, there are a number of Christian theologians who believe the covenant God had with Abraham was broken in Ad 70. They believe Christianity replaced Israel as God’s chosen people. This would mean Israel is no longer relevant and Bible prophecy in the end times is partially meaningless.

It was Zechariah who prophesied the restoration of Israel, but said that when the people returned it would be in unbelief toward God and the Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ. God also said He would judge any nation that tried to destroy Israel. Zechariah 12:9 – 10 – “On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem. And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a “spirit of grace” and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.” If the restoration of Israel is not of God you would have to ignore prophecy and all that has happened as told by historians.

If you want to know how much “grace” God has, just look at what He has done in spite of the attitude of the Jewish people. God knew before the creation of the earth that when He chose Israel as a special people what they would do. They would be evil, disobedient and sinful. In many cases they were arrogant and highly self-centered as many other humans. Yet, He has never given up on them. It is because of His promises and His handling of Israel that we understand His mercy and grace.

How often have we met brilliant people who have been absolutely unable to comprehend or understand the meaning of grace? According to one survey, 40% of Christians throughout the U.S. believe they will get to heaven through good works. Why is it so hard to understand that we are saved by grace through faith? Many believe living a good, moral life and helping others is all that is required to get to heaven. They do not realize that inwardly they may have a corrupt heart. Or, there are those who understand God’s grace but do not apply it to how they live. Grace is defined as God’s unearned favor. Mercy is God keeping us from having to experience what we deserve. Grace is God forgiving us of our sins for which we do not deserve as He has done forever with Israel. Justice can be receiving what we deserve.

If you truly understand Scripture you can prove there is a God through the History of Israel. You can see His mercy and grace given to them as a nation in which they have not earned or deserved. You will realize that He keeps His promises. He, through Israel, helps us to understand what God’s grace truly means to each of us. Is there any sin He cannot forgive? Ask the Jewish people?

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